New to Penguin Classics, the remarkable, devastating collected stories by the author of Wide Sargasso Sea.
Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. After arriving in England aged sixteen, she became a chorus girl and drifted between different jobs before moving to Paris, where she started to write in the late 1920s. She published a story collection and four novels, after which she disappeared from view and lived reclusively for many years. In 1966 she made a sensational comeback with her masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea, written in difficult circumstances over a long period. Rhys died in 1979.
Includes some of the best British short stories of the last century
... You hear her voice speaking directly to you; her reality is
The force of her stories lies in the fusion of elegant prose with an uncanny penetration into the darker reaches of the soul
She is the novelist of longing and yearning and rage and sexual desire ... One of the twentieth-century greats
This book fully exhibits Rhys's extraordinary talent for prose